Lat: 46°, 12.304 Long: 082° 39.056
The village of Spragge Ontario is long-gone - a ghostly reminder of Ontario's lumbering past. However, Serpent Harbour is a beautiful cruising ground with all of the natural beauty that the North Channel is synonymous with.
The village was established in 1882 with the construction of a sawmill. Over the next 50 years, the small village of about 300 persons prospered. In the early 1930's, the mill and most of the village was destroyed by fire.
Today, activity is centred around the North Channel Yacht Club. Well-known and well-liked, the North Channel Yacht Club draws sailors from across Lake Huron and up from the lower Great Lakes.
The approach to the North Channel Yacht Club is straightforward. Hold a course of about 077°T, leaving Nobles Island on your starboard. Keep to the centre of the channel, giving the island and a charted wreck wide clearance. When you clear Herman Point, NCYC will be on your port bow.
MARINAS, YACHT CLUBS, MOORINGS, ANCHORAGES
North Channel Yacht Club (705) 849-5071 VHF 68
NCYC is the marina for Spragge. Set amidst towering pines, NCYC has 20 slips with space usually available for cruising sailors. There is also a mooring field in front of the club. There is no fuel dock but there is a pumpout facility. There are water and power hook-ups at the slips. The clubhouse has washrooms, showers and a kitchenfacility. There are BBQ grills on the grounds and the club has a beach on its property. The club also has a marine railroad that can be used in an emergency.
There are several excellent anchorage grounds in nearby coves and around several of the surrounding islands.
REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, PROVISIONING, BANKS/ATM's
There are no marine repair facilities.
There are no grocery stores in the area.
There are no banks or ATM facilities.
There are no health facilities in Spragge. The nearest hospital is Blind River District Hospital (705) 356-2265, located 15 mi/24 km west in Blind River, ON
PLACES TO EAT
There are no restaurants in Spragge.
THINGS TO DO/SEE/VISIT
The North Channel is simply stunning. This is very much wilderness cruising.
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